THE new amended Constitution will drastically change Zambian politics and money will not be a hindrance to the full implementation of the constitutional changes because Zambians deserve to be given what they desire, President Edgar Lungu has said.
He said the new Constitution will transform the country’s legislature, executive and judiciary and it was therefore important that the three arms of government should work together to realize the dreams of Zambians.
President Lungu said there shall be serious cost implications to the implementation of the changes in the new Constitution and that there shall be no excuse for financial constraints from Government.
The President said this yesterday at State House when he swore in justices Jones Chinyama and Derrick Mulenga as Industrial Relations Court (IRC) chairperson and deputy chairperson respectively.
The Head of State also swore in Peter Chingaipe as Police and Prison Service Commission chairperson;
Nelson Phiri as Commissioner of Police (operations) in Lusaka; Felix Phiri as national coordinator for the Centre of Excellence for E-Governance and ICT and Chikula Chinyanta as policy analyst at Cabinet Office.
President Lungu said there were substantial changes to the Constitution which called for Zambians to unite and work together in effecting the changes that would see Zambia’s political space undergo transformation.
He stated that nothing was going to stop Government from realizing the constitutional amendments which culminated into the Head of State assenting the Constitution Amendment Bill on Tuesday this week.
“We come at a time when the Constitution has undergone substantial changes and we need to work together. A lot of changes have come on board and they do not only affect the legislature. The Executive and the Judiciary have also seen changes and this will cost money in implementing the changes. ‘The executive, judiciary and the legislature should work together to realize the changes and money will not be a hindrance to giving Zambians what they deserve,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said with the new Constitution, Zambia was going to have the Constitutional and the Appeals courts, stating that nothing was going to stop Government to realize the changes and that if it meant the Constitutional Court squatting at the Supreme Court to discharge its functions, it would be so.
The President stressed the need for expeditious justice in the judicial system and regretted that many Zambians were dying without getting justice from the courts of law because their cases often took longer than normal.
President Lungu has also called for an immediate end to indiscriminate shooting of citizens, stating that the recent spate of shooting of people by police could not have been acts of accidents.
President Lungu directed the new Commissioner of Police Nelson Phiri for operations in Lusaka to immediately weed out police officers who were tarnishing the image of the police service.
“The shooting of innocent people by the police must come to an end. Cleanse the police and if it means you falling on them like a tonne of bricks, do so. Remove bad eggs from the police because there has been too many shooting incidents in the country,” President Lungu said.